Defy breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by connecting them with entrepreneurs, investors, business executives and other community members inside of prison and out. Volunteer events are designed to create transformational experiences for EITs and volunteers alike.

 

Feb 13

Pitch Showcase & Graduation

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

San Francisco

This Pitch Showcase for post-release EITs will begin with icebreaker exercises designed to help create an inclusive and accepting community. Afterward, volunteers serve as judges as the EITs pitch for entrance into Defy’s Incubator. Volunteers have the special opportunity to bear witness and lend support to the EITs who have worked diligently to reach this milestone occasion.


Mar 12

Business Coaching Day (BCD)

10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Valley State Prison

BCDs begin with icebreaker exercises designed to help create an inclusive and accepting community. Afterward, volunteers provide EITs with feedback on their resumes, personal statements, and business ideas through small group coaching sessions. Before the end of the evening, there are exercises to reflect on what everyone learned and bring closure to the event.


Mar 18

Career Coaching Night

6:00 – 9:00 pm

San Francisco

Career Coaching Nights (formerly known as “Business Coaching Nights”) begin by sharing a meal to help create an inclusive and accepting community. Afterward, volunteers provide EITs with feedback on their resumes, conduct mock interviews, and provide other career support through one-on-one and group coaching sessions.


Apr 25

Business Pitch Competition

10:30 – 5:00 pm

Pleasant Valley State Prison

Business Pitch Competitions begin with icebreaker exercises designed to help create an inclusive and accepting community. Afterward, volunteers serve as judges for the EITs’ Shark-Tank style pitch competition at the culmination of their journey with Defy. Following the competition, EITs don caps and gowns and their family members are invited to join the graduation ceremony. Volunteers have the special opportunity to bear witness and lend support to the graduates who have worked diligently to reach this milestone occasion. 

 

Please join us!